Sierra Canyon Claims Boys’ Open Division Title Over Sheldon High

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — After Sierra Canyon beat Elk Grove’s Sheldon High School 76-52 in the Open Division of the Boys’ Basketball State Championship game at Golden 1 Center, a reporter told NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin something significant about his son, Kenyon Martin Jr.

“Your son could remove the ‘Jr.’ name because he plays just like you,’” the reporter said. Martin Sr. responded, “Yes, because he’s his own man.”

Martin Jr. had 23 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots, and three steals. He made 10 of 17 shots from the field and also pulled down five offensive rebounds in 30 minutes.

Cassius Stanley added 20 points, seven rebounds, and two assists for Sierra Canyon (32-3) while junior Terren Frank contributed 13 points and seven rebounds. The Trailblazers are now 3-1 in state championship appearances.

“This the best team I’ve played on. Everyone has their own piece on this team and we all molded together well,” Martin Jr. told The OBSERVER. “Playing with these guys everyday has made me better. I mean the points I scored throughout the game I would have not had it without them.”

Marcus Bagley, the younger brother of Sacramento Kings player Marvin Bagley III, had 17 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal for Sheldon High School (24-11).

Darren Tobias had 12 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots for the Huskies. Sheldon High School is now 0-3 in trips to the State Finals.

Sierra Canyon’s head coach Andrew Chevalier said his team didn’t “play well” in a game where the team never felt threaten. But he credited getting out of the Los Angeles area’s thick competition as the main factor of winning the championship.

“It is a monster to go through the Open Division,” said Chevalier, whose daughter Ashley Chevalier won the 2019 Open Division state title with Sierra Canyon’s girl’s team before the boys’ team. “The Open Division is a beast. I do think this is one of the toughest playoffs in the county.”

The night before, Chino Hills won its second-consecutive championship game by beating James Logan High School from Union City 69-63 in the Boys’ Division 1 contest.

Senior Onyeka Okongwu had 26 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocked shots for Chino Hills (25-10), despite fouling out of the game late in the third quarter when the Huskies were up by 15 points.

“I would have left him in the game with four fouls if it was in the first quarter,” Chino Hills head coach Dennis Latimore said of his star player Okongwu.

Will Pluma added 18 points, four rebounds, and one steal to help the Huskies seal the deal and win the school’s third state title, overall. Pluma also made 4 of 9 shots behind the 3-point line. Three players for the Huskies played 32 minutes each.

Shortly following the game, Okongwu, who is going to continue his career at the University of Southern California, was seen greeting his coaches. He also gave his mother the ceremonial basketball net, honoring her commitment to him and his family.

OBSERVER NOTES:

  • The Sierra Canyon girls’ basketball team won its fourth state title by claiming a 69-51 victory over Los Altos’ Pinewood High School. The win gives the Trailblazers their first title in the Open Division.
  • Actress Vivica A. Fox was on the sidelines to view both Sierra Canyon High School teams at Golden 1 Center. Fox’s best friend Melanie Sims Frank’s son Terren Frank is a junior on Sierra Canyon’s boys’ team.

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer

OBSERVER photos and video footage by Russell Stiger Jr.

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